• September 23, 2021

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Novak Djokovic keeps focus despite noisy US Open fan, remains unbeaten in Slams this season

Novak Djokovic keeps focus despite noisy US Open fan, remains unbeaten in Slams this season

Novak Djokovic missed an overhead along the way to getting broken for the only time Thursday night and stared at a man in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands who made noise during the point. After breaking…

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Serena Williams withdraws from US Open, citing hamstring recovery

Serena Williams withdraws from US Open, citing hamstring recovery

Serena Williams added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the US Open on Wednesday, pulling out of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring. Williams hasn’t competed since injuring her…

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Rafael Nadal shakes off rust, outlasts Jack Sock at Citi Open in first match in nearly two months

Rafael Nadal shakes off rust, outlasts Jack Sock at Citi Open in first match in nearly two months

There were moments, to be sure, when Rafael Nadal played quite like someone competing for the first time in nearly two months. The shaky serving. The consecutive netted forehands that handed over a key break. And then,…

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Novak Djokovic rallies from two sets down to win French Open, 19th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic rallies from two sets down to win French Open, 19th Grand Slam title

Novak Djokovic came all the way back after dropping the first two sets to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open final Sunday for his 19th Grand Slam title. Djokovic’s second…

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Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic in French Open semifinal on Friday

Rafael Nadal to face Novak Djokovic in French Open semifinal on Friday

Rafael Nadal’s French Open set streak is over. His pursuit of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title — including 14 at Roland Garros — remains very much intact. Nadal shrugged off dropping a set in…

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Tsitsipas beats Medvedev to set up French Open semifinal match against Zverev

Tsitsipas beats Medvedev to set up French Open semifinal match against Zverev

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev both have been viewed as possible future stars of tennis. Both have come close to Grand Slam titles. Now the pair of 20-somethings will meet each other for a berth…

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrates 35th birthday with French Open win

Defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrates 35th birthday with French Open win

Amid an unusual silence on an empty center court at the French Open, defending champion Rafael Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday with something very familiar: another victory versus Richard Gasquet. Nadal won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 against Gasquet…

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Rafael Nadal wins in French Open first round to begin pursuit of record 21st Grand Slam title

Rafael Nadal wins in French Open first round to begin pursuit of record 21st Grand Slam title

Winning a match versus Rafael Nadal at the French Open is downright difficult, of course: He went into Tuesday with a 100-2 career record at the place. Just taking a set off the guy is nearly…

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer in same half of French Open field

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer in same half of French Open field

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer all ended up in the same half of the French Open men’s field in the draw Thursday, meaning no more than one of them can reach the final. The Big Three top…

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Rafael Nadal is latest tennis star uncertain about competing in Tokyo Olympics

Rafael Nadal is latest tennis star uncertain about competing in Tokyo Olympics

Rafael Nadal joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts regarding competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Third-ranked Nadal, in Rome for the Italian Open, stated Tuesday that his status for the Tokyo Games is unclear.…

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Jannik Sinner sets up rematch with Rafael Nadal at Italian Open

Jannik Sinner sets up rematch with Rafael Nadal at Italian Open

Seven months ago, Jannik Sinner twice had opportunities to accomplish something few tennis players have been capable of: taking a set from Rafael Nadal at the French Open. The Italian teenager served for the first set at 6-5 in…

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Carlos Alcaraz, 17, to have ‘dream’ matchup with Rafael Nadal in Madrid Open

Carlos Alcaraz, 17, to have ‘dream’ matchup with Rafael Nadal in Madrid Open

It wasn’t too long ago that Rafael Nadal was handing Carlos Alcaraz a PlayStation as the boy’s prize at a local tennis tournament in Spain. Now the Spanish great is about to play versus the promising youngster in the…

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Rafael Nadal claims his first title of the season, topping Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal claims his first title of the season, topping Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Barcelona Open

Rafael Nadal saved a match point on his way to defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-5 on Sunday in the Barcelona Open final, winning the title for a record 12th time. It was the first title…

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Rafael Nadal advances, Fabio Fognini defaulted at Barcelona Open tennis tournament

Rafael Nadal advances, Fabio Fognini defaulted at Barcelona Open tennis tournament

Rafael Nadal needed three sets to defeat his 111th-ranked adversary in his first match at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while Fabio Fognini was disqualified for alleged verbal abuse. Fognini was defaulted while trailing 6-0, 4-4 versus qualifier Bernabe…

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Miami Open to Focus on Prep for Clay-Court Season

Rafael Nadal Withdraws from Miami Open to Focus on Prep for Clay-Court Season

The 2021 Miami Open will be without one of tennis’ biggest stars. On Tuesday, Rafael Nadal revealed he will not participate in the event as he focuses on recovering from his back injury and preparing for the clay…

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Medvedev wins Open 13 for 10th title on eve of move to No. 2

Medvedev wins Open 13 for 10th title on eve of move to No. 2

Top-seeded Daniil Medvedev was pushed to three sets by doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the Open 13 final on Sunday, winning 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 for his 10th career title on the eve of his move up to second…

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Nadal, Thiem go into Australian Open without coaches

Nadal, Thiem go into Australian Open without coaches

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and last year’s Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem have both suffered setbacks with their coaches unable to make the trip Down Under for the year’s first tennis Grand Slam. Players and officials have to…

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Rafael Nadal becomes fourth man with 1,000 match wins

Rafael Nadal becomes fourth man with 1,000 match wins

Becoming only the fourth man to reach 1,000 match victories should have drawn deafening cheers and a standing ovation for tennis great Rafael Nadal. Instead, he reached his milestone at the Paris Masters amid a cathedral-like…

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Nadal defeats Djokovic to win French open

Nadal defeats Djokovic to win French open

Rafael Nadal once again proved his supremacy on clay, defeating Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the French Open final to earn his 13th career title at Roland Garros.  The Spanish star stunned the No. 1 player in…

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Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams learn opponents as French Open draw announced

Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams learn opponents as French Open draw announced

Rafael Nadal will initiate his bid for a record-extending 13th French Open title versus Egor Gerasimov in the first round, while Serena Williams starts her bid for a record-equaling 24th major versus Kristie Ahn in all-American matchup. Nadal, 34, who…

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Nadal wins Australian opener in straight sets

Nadal wins Australian opener in straight sets

Whether it is reasonable to sign up for Rafael Nadal’s repeated assertion that he does not lose sleep over passing Roger Federer’s record of 20 majors, it is easier to accept that Melbourne is the…

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Nadal Honored for sportsmanship at ATP awards

Nadal Honored for sportsmanship at ATP awards

Rafael Nadal has been selected as the winner of the Stefan Edberg Award the most sporty tennis player of the 2019 season that delivers the ATP, an award that joins the number one he already received during the…